Vancouver in History

British Columbia: Abbotsford - Vancouver Island - Victoria, BC

Historical Events

  • 1791-07-05 Jose Maria Narvaez discovers Point Grey (now Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • 1792-05-08 British Captain George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Washington
  • 1792-06-04 Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for Britain
  • 1792-06-12 Captain George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1792-06-21 Vancouver meets Spanish ships Sutil & Mexicana off Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1794-08-08 Joseph Whidbey and George Vancouver lead an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska
  • 1863-08-12 1st cargo of lumber leaves Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC)
  • 1886-01-15 Weekly Herald, 1st newspaper in Vancouver, BC, publishes 1st issue
  • 1886-04-06 City of Vancouver BC incorporated
  • 1886-05-03 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1886-06-13 Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1887-05-23 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1888-05-16 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1889-10-29 Stanley Park dedicated in Vancouver, BC
  • 1911-12-07 National Hockey Association forms with New Westminster, Vancouver & Victoria
  • 1922-01-01 Vancouver, BC starts driving on the right side of road

  • 1922-03-11 Western Hockey Championship: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Regina Capitals, in 2 games
  • 1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1940-06-21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1953-06-03 KVOS TV channel 12 in Bellingham/Vancouver, WA (CBS) begins
  • 1954-07-30 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Vancouver, Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954-08-07 Englishman Roger Bannister beats Australia’s John Landy in the mile at the Empire Games in Vancouver; first time 2 men run a mile in less than 4 minutes in the same race

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 1958-06-17 The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
  • 1960-03-05 Ice Dance Championship at Vancouver won by Denny & Jones (GRB)
  • 1960-03-05 Ice Pairs Championship at Vancouver won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)
  • 1960-03-05 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
  • 1960-03-05 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Vancouver won by Carol E Heiss (USA)
  • 1973-12-11 NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975-06-23 Rocker Alice Cooper falls off stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • 1986-05-02 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC

Sport awardFederation Cup

1987-08-02 Federation Cup Tennis Final: Steffi Graf & Claudia Kohde-Kilsch beat Chris Evert & Pam Shriver in the doubles as Germany beats US 2-1 in Vancouver, Canada

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardGolf Major

1988-07-03 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Sally Little wins by 1 stroke from Laura Davies of England

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1990-07-25 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
  • 1991-09-15 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Vancouver GC: Nancy Scranton wins by 3 shots from Debbie Massey
  • 1996-05-05 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-07-28 NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

  • 1997-10-03 NHL games played outside North America for the first time; Vancouver Canucks beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-2 in Tokyo, Japan

OlympicsOlympic Games

1998-02-20 Vancouver Canucks' right wing Pavel Bure scores 5 goals for Russia in a 7-4 semi-final win over Finland at the Nagano Winter Olympics

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999-11-03 Los Angeles Lakers debut in the STAPLES Center, with 103-88 win v Vancouver Grizzlies; Magic Johnson & Chick Hearn co-host ceremony unveiling Lakers' retired jerseys & championship banners in new building

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

Sports record brokenNHL Record

2002-12-11 Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2009-07-03 Mark II.5 Skytrain cars enter service in Metro Vancouver.
  • 2010-02-12 XXI Winter Olympic Games open in Vancouver, Canada
  • 2010-02-28 XXI Winter Olympic Games close in Vancouver, Canada

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2012-08-26 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Vancouver GC: New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko wins by 3 from Inbee Park

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • 2012-11-03 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: George Vancouver, Groupie Doll, Tapizar, Mizdirection, Shanghai Bobby, Little Mike, Trinniberg, Wise Dan, Fort Larned
  • 2014-02-08 Netherlands sweeps the medals in the men's 5,000m speed skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Sven Kramer retains title (Vancouver (2010) ahead of team mates Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma
  • 2014-02-09 Slovak biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina retains her Olympic 7.5k sprint title (Vancouver 2010) at the Sochi Winter Games
  • 2014-02-10 Canadian short track speed skater Charles Hamelin wins his 3rd career Olympic gold medal in the 1,500m in Sochi; Vancouver (2010) 500m and 5,000m relay champion
  • 2014-02-10 German alpine skier Maria Höfl-Riesch retains her Olympic combined title (Vancouver 2010) when she Nicole Hosp beats of Austria by 0.4s

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2014-02-10 After winning Vancouver (2010) Olympic moguls title, Canadian freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau wins 2nd consecutive Olympic gold medal in Sochi; beats team mate Mikaël Kingsbury

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • 2014-02-13 Polish cross country skier Justyna Kowalczyk follows her Vancouver (2010) Olympic women's 30k classical title with a gold medal in the 10k classical in Sochi
  • 2014-02-19 Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková retains her Olympic 5,000m title (Vancouver 2010) in Sochi; also Vancouver 3,000m gold

Music releaseMusic Premiere

2014-05-23 "Pauline" a chamber opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes premieres at the York Theatre in Vancouver

  • 2015-07-05 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, BC Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada: Carli Lloyd scores a hat-trick as US beats Japan, 5-2
  • 2015-08-23 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Vancouver GC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins in a playoff with Stacy Lewis for her third success in the event
  • 2018-02-10 Swedish cross country skier Charlotte Kalla wins 3rd career Olympic gold medal in the 15k skiathlon in Pyeongchang; also wins 10k freestyle gold in Vancouver (2010) and 4 x 5k relay in Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-15 Vancouver (2010) Olympic super-G champion Aksul Lund Svindal of Sweden wins the downhill gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • 2018-02-16 Swiss cross country skier Dario Cologna wins 4th career Olympic gold medal in the 15k freestyle in Pyeongchang; wins event in Vancouver (2010), and 15k classical & 30k skiathlon in Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-17 Russian biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina wins her 3rd career Olympic gold medal in women's 12.5k mass start in Pyeongchang; 7.5k sprint champion in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-20 After winning the Olympic ice dance gold medal in Vancouver (2010), Canadian pair Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir follow their team event gold by taking the ice dance title at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • 2018-02-24 2016 world mass start speed skating champion Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea wins the event at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; also Olympic 10,000m champion Vancouver (2010)
  • 2019-12-10 1st fully electric commercial plane, a retro-fitted seaplane, completes test flight in Vancouver

Famous Birthdays

  • 1813-08-18 Benjamin Alvord, American scientist and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Vancouver, Washington (d. 1884)
  • 1899-07-24 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1981)
  • 1899-12-08 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1987)
  • 1901-08-15 Byron Arnold, American composer, born in Vancouver, Washington (d. 1971)
  • 1905-03-27 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer, 1st female in Canada to get bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, born in Vancouver (d. 1980)
  • 1906-07-18 S. I. Hayakawa, U.S. senator from California (1977–83) and educator (Language in Action), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1992)
  • 1908-11-10 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2000)
  • 1911-09-06 Bentley Bridgewater, British Museum secretary, born in Vancouver (d. 1996)
  • 1912-11-08 June Havoc [Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2010)
  • 1914-01-30 John Ireland, Canadian actor (All the King's Men, Rawhide, Gunfight at OK Corral), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1992)
  • 1915-02-02 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Vancouver, BC (d. 2005)
  • 1915-10-25 Ivan M. Niven, Canadian-American mathematician, born in Vancouver (d. 1999)
  • 1915-11-04 Court Benson, Canadian-American actor and broadcaster, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1995)
  • 1916-05-16 Bernard Braden, Canadian-born British broadcaster and actor (All Night Lone, Full Treatment), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1993)
  • 1917-10-31 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1919-09-16 Laurence J. Peter, Canadian author (Peter Princible), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1990)
  • 1920-03-03 James Doohan, Canadian actor (Star Trek), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2005)
  • 1920-11-02 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone with the Wind, Whistling in the Dark), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2012)
  • 1921-09-15 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), born in Vancouver (d. 2001)
  • 1922-09-01 Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • 1924-06-21 Wally Fawkes, British-Canadian cartoonist and jazz clarinetist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1924-10-05 Barbara Kelly, Canadian-born actress (What's My Line?, United Kingdom), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • 1925-04-04 Mother Divine [Edna Rose Ritchings], cult leader of the International Peace Mission Movement, born in Vancouver (d. 2017)
  • 1927-08-14 Frank Cvitanovich, Canadian filmmaker, born in Vancouver (d. 1995)
  • 1929-03-31 Lee Patterson, Canadian actor (Dave-Surfside Six, Another World), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • 1930-10-02 Dave Barrett, 26th Premier of British Columbia (1972-75), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2018)
  • 1931-07-02 Robert Ito, Canadian-born actor (Sam-Quincy ME), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1932-02-28 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1942-05-22 Barbara Parkins, Canadian-American actress (Betty-Peyton Place, Asylum), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1944-11-06 Bill Henderson, Canadian rock vocalist and guitarist (Chilliwack), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-01-24 Michael Ontkean, Canadian actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-02-19 Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-04-05 Jennifer Penney, Canadian ballerina, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-06-15 Duris Maxwell [a.k.a. Ted Lewis], Canadian drummer (Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, Powder Blues Band), born in East York, Ontario, Canada
  • 1948-01-29 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948-09-10 Margaret Trudeau, former Canadian 1st lady, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1950-07-23 Blair Thornton, Canadian rock guitarist (Bachman-Turner-Overdrive), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1951-02-22 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-01-08 Mike Reno, Canadian musician vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-10-09 Linwood Boomer, Canadian-American actor (Adam-Little House on the Prairie), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956-07-02 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1958-08-07 Russell Baze, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey (10-time US champion, 12,844 wins), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959-02-05 Jennifer Granholm, Canadian-American politician, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959-02-13 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959-05-30 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1960-02-28 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1980)
  • 1962-09-19 Randy Myers, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1990, 94, 95, 97; World Series 1990; NLCS MVP 1990; Cincinnati Reds), born in Vancouver, Washington
  • 1962-11-09 Teryl Rothery, Canadian actress (Stargate SG-1), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1963-03-28 Therese Washtock, 3 day equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-08-26 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-11-09 Leah Pells, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-01-24 Ross MacDonald, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in British Columbia, Canada
  • 1966-03-12 Alecia Stephenson, North softball ss (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-02-20 Theresa Luke, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-06-28 Gil Bellows, Canadian actor, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-08-21 Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian actress (The Matrix Trilogy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-01-28 Marnie McBean, rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-02-01 Sean Millington, Canadian football fullback (Grey Cup 1994, 2000; BC Lions) and broadcaster (cfl.ca and CBC), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-05-22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-07-05 John Ruskin a.k.a. Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Canadian journalist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-11-03 Debbie Rochon, Canadian actress (Tromeo & Juliet), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969-08-28 Jason Priestley, Canadian-American actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969-12-23 Greg Biffle, American racecar driver, born in Vancouver, Washington
  • 1970-01-07 Paul McCallum, Canadian football punter and placekicker (Claymores, Sask Roughriders), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-01-17 Candace Murray, Canadian softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-05-25 Michael Benyaer, Canadian-American actor (Deadpool) and writer (Pilot One), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-07-18 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-12-15 Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-02-06 Lance Bade, American target shooter (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Vancouver, Washington

Person of interestPavel Bure

1971-03-31 Pavel Bure, Russian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers), born in Moscow, Russia

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • 1971-10-07 Paul Hannam, Canadian 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-05-02 Peter Ogilvie, Canadian 100m sprinter (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-07-03 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-09-04 Françoise Yip, Canadian actress, born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973-04-25 Paige Gordon, Canadian diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973-10-27 Monica Louwerens, Canadian-American actress (Power Rangers) and Miss America-Mississippi (Top 10, 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1974-06-25 Nisha Ganatra, Canadian film director (Chutney Popcorn), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1975-06-27 Sarah Evanetz, 100m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-09-09 Mattias Ohlund, Swedish ice hockey player (Vancouver Canucks, Team Sweden 1998), born in Piteå, Sweden
  • 1976-10-23 Ryan Reynolds, Canadian actor and comedian (Deadpool), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1977-05-04 Emily Perkins, Canadian actress (Hiccups), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1978-03-04 Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1978-06-11 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1978-12-02 Maëlle Ricker, Canadian snowboarder (Olympic gold snowboard cross 2010; World C'ship gold 2005, 13), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1979-02-15 Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Canadian actor (Quarantine), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1979-10-25 Milena Roucka, Canadian model and professional wrestler, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980-05-27 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980-08-24 Sonja Bennett, Canadian actress (Punch), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980-10-07 Edison Chen, Canadian-born actor, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1981-01-08 Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1981-01-20 Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress & model, born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Person of interestHayden Christensen

1981-04-19 Hayden Christensen, Canadian actor (Sam-Life as a House, Star Wars), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • 1982-04-03 Cobie Smulders, Canadian actress (How I Met Your Mother), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Person of interestSeth Rogen

1982-04-15 Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Interview), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 1983-02-11 Nicki Clyne, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1983-04-04 Doug Lynch, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1984-03-13 Noel Fisher, Canadian actor (Shameless, The Riches), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1985-01-18 Dale Begg-Smith, Australian-Canadian freestyle skier, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1985-06-11 Josh Ramsay, Canadian singer and songwriter (Marianas Trench), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1986-05-02 James Kirk, Canadian actor (She's the Man), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1971-03-04 Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (51) weds author/actress Margaret Joan Sinclair (23) at a private ceremony in North Vancouver, Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 2005-11-19 "Corner Gas" actor Brent Butt (39) weds actress Nancy Robertson (34) at Vancouver's Cin Cin Ristorante
  • 2012-08-11 "The Hangover" actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis (42) weds co-founder of the Growing Voices charity Quinn Lundberg at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • 1798-05-10 George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40